A former employee at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex in Brownwood was one of four Texas Juvenile Justice Department current or former workers arrested Thursday on allegations of using excessive force against juveniles.
    A warrant was also issued for a fifth employee who may be out of state, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced.
    The former Ron Jackson employee, Morsello Hooker, 31, was booked into the Brown County Jail on a warrant for official oppression and is free on $5,000 bond, jail records state.
    According to the DPS:
    As the result of an investigation directed by Gov. Greg Abbott, arrest warrants have been issued for five current or former employees at Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) facilities.
    The charges and arrests are the result of an ongoing joint investigation by the Texas Rangers, the TJJD Office of Inspector General, and the TJJD Special Prosecution Unit into alleged misconduct at TJJD.
    The charges included two felony allegations: tampering with a governmental record resulting from a false entry for leave and theft by a public servant. In addition, four Class A misdemeanor charges of official oppression were filed related to allegations of excessive force against juveniles in state custody.
    In addition to Hooker, the suspects arrested Thursday included:
        • Derrick Goodman, 56, charged with official oppression. Goodman was arrested at the TJJD facility in Gainesville, where he was employed. He was booked into the Cooke County Jail.
    •    Shannon Hoaglen, 41, charged with official oppression. Hoaglen was arrested at the TJJD facility in Gainesville, where he was employed. He was booked into the Cooke County Jail.
    •    Derrick Day, 39, charged with official oppression. Day formerly worked at the TJJD facility in Gainesville. He was arrested in Gainesville and was booked into the Cooke County Jail.
    •    Morsello Hooker, 31, charged with official oppression. Hooker formerly worked at the TJJD facility in Brownwood. He was arrested in Brownwood and was booked into the Brown County Jail.
    Abbott wrote in a letter to DPS director Steven McCraw:
    “As you are aware, recent reports of sexual misconduct and inappropriate relationships by state employees at the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) are reprehensible and necessitate an appropriate response. While I commend the TJJD Office of the Inspector General for investigating these recent allegations and submitting them for prosecution, additional action is needed to guarantee the protection of the youth in the care and custody of the State of Texas.”
    Abbott asked in the letter for a Texas Rangers investigation.